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OSHAWA, ON – Women’s shelter workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), launched a Holiday Food and Toy Drive campaign in Durham Region. The campaign, led by CUPE 4724, is seeking donations of non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys for children and teens.

All the collected items will be donated to six local shelters in Durham Region,” said Heila Pitter, president of CUPE 4724. “Durham CUPE members work and live in this community, and with this campaign, we want to help bring smiles to children’s faces and support families during the holiday season.”

The following businesses/agencies will accept donations during the next three weeks:

In Ajax:

Women’s Multicultural Counselling and Referral Services, Ajax (Please call for drop off location and time at 905-427-7849)

In Bowmanville:

St. Paul United Church, 178 Church Street, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

In Oshawa:

Durham Non-Profit Housing, 28 A Albert Street, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Oshawa Centre, Office Galleria, Suite 104, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm The Law office of Gail McCrae, 57 Simcoe Street South, Suite H, Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

In Whitby:

CUPE Local 1764, 11 Stanley Court, Unit 9, Monday to Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Whitby Barber Shop, 219 Dundas Street East, Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

For further information, please contact:

Heila Pitter, President, Local 4724, 905-243-4706

Linda Newman, CUPE National Representative, 905-433-4760

James Chai, CUPE Communications, 416-292-3999